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Eswatini Incwala Public Holiday December 22

Source: Government of Eswatini Ministry of Home Affairs (Mbabane)
Posted: Monday, December 20, 2021

Eswatini's King Mswati has declared that the upcoming Incwala public holiday would occur on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, as later confirmed by the Minister of Home Affairs, Princess Lindiwe ("it has pleased His Majesty to inform the nation that the Incwala holiday will be on Wednesday, December 22, 2021").

The date of the main Incwala dance, which is an annual non-working public holiday in Eswatini, is usually announced only a few days beforehand (2019-12-13, 2018-01-02, 2016-12-15, 2015-12-24, 2015-01-06, 2013-12-16, 2012-12-19, 2011-12-09, 2010-12-21, 2009-12-31, 2008-12-13, 2007-12-26, and 2007-01-04), although today's announcement confirms the date which we have been predicting.

Due to the complex nature of the rule used to specify the date of the Incwala main day, and its related public holiday, the Incwala public holiday sometimes occurs twice in a year (2015-12-24, 2015-01-06, 2010-12-21, 2010-01-02, 2007-12-26, and 2007-01-04) and will happen twice again in 2026, 2029 and 2034.

On the other hand, some years, it does not occur at all, as was the case in 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2020, and will be the case again in 2025, 2028 and 2033.

Note that, in 2018, Swaziland was renamed as Eswatini (2018-03-15).

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